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And so it begins...

Sunday, January 03, 2010

I have lost weight several times in the last 15 years, and it has always been a private affair for me. Lots of charts tracking measurements and weight loss, lots of walking and sadly, a few missed meals in the meantime.

This year, I want to focus on changing my lifestyle (the old cliche!) - doing things that I can live with all the time, not just fast changes that go out the door once the weight is lost. I am already faced with a dilemma... Tuesday is my 2nd anniversary with my husband, and he would really like to go out to a nice dinner. I would love to go as well, but, I am worried that after only 3 days of changing eating habits I will get myself off track. Yep, I know, that sounds like a dieter talking...

I don't even know if anyone else can see this blog, or if it is more like a journal entry - anyway, if anyone has any insights on this, please share!

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  • TEMPEST272002
    Happy Anniversary. My advice on making the healthy choice for dinner: order exactly what you want, but in a half order. Also, unless the potato is the best part of the meal for you - substitute it for salad or fruit. If you love dessert, share 1 piece with hubby. Have a glass of wine and enjoy every sip! See - a lovely, yummy dinner & you don't have to feel guilty at all.

    2558 days ago
    happy anniversary! Nothing wrong with getting back on track for the new year! I have the same problem with eating out- I am so easily swayed by yummy food and salad bars with tempting but hard to track types of food..and lets not mention dessert at all! What I try to do, is pick a place in advance (not sure if you have reservations, or just planning to go to a favorite)-but most resturaunts have at least a menu on line now, some with nutritional values. I try to pick out at least 3 good choices, so I can find something I will feel like eating. We went to Ruby Tuesday new years eve (romantic huh?) and I knew I could have either a small steak, a chicken dish, or a specific salad. I picked side items that would work too. I did splurge on the salad bar (lots of hidden woopsies there), but only went once and settled for small amount of low fat ranch...Even if your going to a place not online, you can find a comparable resturant or look at the food search here to determine something close...It works for me. If its not possible, maybe being careful during the day and not worrying to much at dinner is your answer, opting for non fried, steamed, or grilled choices...What ever you do, Its your anniversary, so dont worry too much and enjoy your night! emoticon emoticon
    3000 days ago
    Best of luck with your Sparks journey. emoticon
    3000 days ago
    Remeber you are not dieting. You are making healthy choices to lose weight and put you on a path you maintaing your weight loss. Go and have fun. Choose wisely from the menu. No alcohol, maybe a glass of wine. You can do it. emoticon
    3000 days ago
    Sending warm thoughts your way today....
    3000 days ago
    Consistency is the key.
    3000 days ago
    I totally understand where you are coming from. I can't stick to anything, lol. But, I think the way that the Spark program works will really help. I like the idea of really concentrating on 3 things to get started instead of jumping in with both feet. Good luck!
    3000 days ago
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